Thursday, May 8, 2008

Royal College of Psychiatrists: 'Quichua' healers of the Andes diagnose mental illnesses,uk reports:

Yachactaitas (the Quichua healers of the Andes) may be identifying general psychiatric disorders in their communities, according to a study published in the May 2008 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Traditional healers' practices are widespread around the world, yet their diagnostic skills have rarely been investigated.

This exploratory study was carried out in Otavalo, in the province of Imbabura in the highlands of Ecuador. For over 18 months, 10 yachactaitas from three rural villages drew patients from the surrounding areas.

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